Tetney 20/01/17 - persistence pays off

Out with DW today.
Very light winds and a blue sky all day though a low layer of mist engulfed the area in the morning for approx an hour.

If you keep birding a patch long enough then eventually something good should come along and today that happened with a fine 2CY Glaucous Gull feeding on a carcass on the beach. We were obviously both happy with the Glauc but there was another impressive sight to be had - when the Glauc flew off we went over to inspect what the carcass was and found it to be a Conger Eel! Neither of us had ever seen a Conger Eel before - what a beast! Looking on the internet it seems though Conger Eels do occur in the North Sea, though they are far from common.

As always with the Tetney area, a good selection of birds today:

30 Pink-footed Geese flew upriver while on the humber were - 3 Red-throated Diver, 9 Great Crested Grebe, 15 Common Scoter, a drake Goldeneye and 4 Teal.

Birds of prey seen - 3 Hen Harrier (all ringtails), Peregrine and Merlin. We actually failed to see any owls today.

Other highlights were - Water Rail, Kingfisher, the regular male Stonechat, 35 Twite, Lapland Bunting and pleased to see the Snow Bunting still present.

2 Harbour Porpoise were also seen.

Patch year list now at 88.

 2CY Glaucous Gull

Conger Eel - approx 6ft long

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